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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 26, 2010 8:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 Most Underrated 1970 Shows


7-12-70 - best Pig acoustic set ever?

11-6-70 - a Main Ten Jam that will send chills down your spine and three incredible drum breaks

Honorable Mention:

2-8-70 - perhaps the finest Smokestack of all time!

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jan 27, 2010 8:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 Most Underrated 1970 Shows

I've never met a (Pigpen) Smokestack that I didn't like. Rarely played, it was always fresh with new explorations running behinf Pig's moaning about biting somebody's baby sister. The uptempo versions of 1966-7 morph nicely into the crisp 1970 duo and on into the ones from El Monte and Portcheser '71. The final two--Felt Forum '71 (I've been gone too long) and the Academy of Music bear testemony to a weary Pig and his battle with his demons. Moan away.

1970 is such a fine year--transitioning between the psychedellic jamming of 1969 and the song oriented sets of 1971--that it's really hard to narrow it down that far. But I think all of the above choices are winners.

Certainly 2-13 and 14 (late shows) deserve respect, as do 5-2, and 9-19-9-20--perennial vote getters. But you cannot overlook the great Capital shows just because they are audiences. I'm not as fond of 5-15 (a dand b). I think that folks tend to merge them into one massive show, a marathon of acoustic and electric Dead with the early N.R.P.S. Separated, each show is very nice, but not top ten.

Of course, I am biased, having been to all but one of the above shows --but time and tape have borne my opinion out. If they could just clean up 9-18--20 and release them . . . .

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Jan 27, 2010 1:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 Most Underrated 1970 Shows

I'm listening to 11-6 for the first time right now. The post-Alligator jam is electrifying.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jan 27, 2010 2:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 Most Underrated 1970 Shows

It's been said about 11/8 - but I'll say of 11/6/70, if there were a SBD, it would blow almost every other show out of the water.

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Jan 27, 2010 7:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 Most Underrated 1970 Shows

The Candyman is really great; is that a wah-wah he uses during the solo? I didn't know he had one that early!

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jan 27, 2010 6:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 Most Underrated 1970 Shows

As they did the audiences.

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